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Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013




RALEIGH, N.C. A bill that could send women to prison for going topless in public appears set for approval by the North Carolina legislature.
Triggered by two topless rallies held in Asheville, the Republican-backed bill headed to a floor vote in the House and would amend the state's indecent exposure law to expand the legal definition of "private parts" to explicitly include "the nipple, or any portion of the areola, or the female breast."
Depending on whether such exposure is judged to be "for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire," the woman could be charged with a felony, punishable by up to six months in prison for first-time offenders. More mundane exposure would be a misdemeanor, meriting up to 30 days in jail. "Incidental" exposure by breastfeeding mothers would remain exempt.
Co-sponsor Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson, told members of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that her constituents are concerned about topless rallies promoting women's equality held the past two years in Asheville, which is located about 130 miles west of Brown's district.
Many cities have local ordinances barring women from going topless, but Asheville does not.
Brown said a blanket solution is needed to give law enforcement officers statewide the clear authority to make arrests when nipples are exposed. It would be left to local governments to regulate sexually oriented nightclubs.
"There's some confusion about the law," Brown said. "I think our state deserves clarity on this issue."
That confusion is rooted in a 1970 ruling by the state Court of Appeals that the term "private parts," as then specified in state law, did not include breasts. In 1998, the N.C. Supreme Court suggested that earlier interpretation might not be expansive enough, citing an American Heritage Dictionary definition of "private parts" as "external organs of sex and excretion."
A separate state law specifically outlaws "sexually explicit nudity," including nipples, exposed in the presence of minors. But it is not clear whether the exposure of breasts as part of a political protest could be defined as sexual.
Two Democrats on the Judiciary Committee questioned whether the issue rises to a level requiring legislative action.
Rep. Nathan Baskerville, D-Vance, reiterated that any city or county having a problem with public toplessness is free to pass a local ordinance.
Rep. Annie W. Mobley, D-Hertford, suggested a woman wanting get around the proposed law could simply cover her nipples with tape.
"You know what they say, duct tape fixes everything," agreed Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland.
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I love titties, let em be free.

Also... In b4 snarky Cantrell comments. :)

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kinda makes you long for the days of "freedom fries" legislation.

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Is this one a there them job creatin, tax lowerin bills we wuz promised about? G5 should be able to tell us.

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[b]Raleigh, N.C. — [/b]Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson, knows all too well that [url="http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/HTML/H34v1.html"][color="#13259f"]House Bill 34[/color][/url], her bill defining women’s nipples as indecent, has been the punchline of many a joke this session.
“We’ve had the most fun with this bill for about the past week and a half, and that’s OK. You need to laugh sometimes,” she told the House Judiciary C Committee. “But there are communities across this state, there’s local governments across this state, and also local law enforcement for whom this issue is really not a laughing matter.”
The measure was requested by Asheville officials after participants in a women's rights rally held a second annual topless protest in a downtown park last summer.
Brown, whose district is more than 100 miles from Asheville, said she hadn’t planned to get involved with the issue until she started getting calls about it from her constituents. “I felt that, if this was of concern to my constituents, it was going to be of concern to others as well.”
Brown says topless protests are actually illegal under the current law, but there’s some confusion about it, dating to conflicting court rulings from the 1970s.
“You’ve got local governments passing ordinances to protect themselves from just this thing,” she said. “These folks don’t need to be doing that, but they do it because they’re not sure about the law.
“This bill that I’m presenting in no way shape or form changes North Carolina law,” she said, “but we do need clarification.”
North Carolina law already forbids “indecent exposure,” but it doesn’t specifically define “private parts” as including breasts.
The proposal adds that definition, including “the nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female breast,” with an exception made for breastfeeding.
“All we are doing is codifying the Supreme Court definition of ‘private parts,’" added committee Chairwoman Rep. Sarah Stevens, R-Surry. “That’s it. “[/quote]

Don't worry...it won't take much legislative time to deal with this CWG...just if you're concerned.

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Hot women should be allowed to show em, ugly ones should keep them covered.

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[quote]The measure passed the committee on a nearly-unanimous voice vote. Its next stop will be the House floor.[/quote]

DAMNED DEMOCRATS!!!

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I don't think you quite understand what I was getting at.

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bras have a way of shutting that whole thing down

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There's a movie plot in here somewhere.

(a "women in prison" type story maybe)

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It should apply to both sexes

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goddamn republicans ruining everything... they want total control of women's bodies...

I hope there is a public topless protest inside the legislative building during a session, because I'll be sure to be there to witness the puppies being freed...

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